Limerick Sports Partnership granted largest funds in the country

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Limerick Sports Partnership granted largest funds in the country

The Limerick Sports Partnership has been granted €355,576

Limerick Sports Partnership has today announced that it has received significant funding from Sport Ireland following an announcement by the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin.

A total of €355,576 has been allocated to Limerick Sports Partnership, which is the largest figure in the country. Overall Sport Ireland has announced an investment package of €6.07 million to support the national network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs).

Phelim Macken, Sports Coordinator with Limerick Sports Partnership said “We are delighted to secure this funding to help sustain and deliver new and existing programmes and educational opportunities that promote and increases participation in physical activity throughout Limerick. These programmes and educational opportunities are specific to the following target groups: older adults, disadvantaged communities, women and teenage girls, new communities and members of the travelling community.” These target groups are identified due to low participation in both educational and physical activity opportunities.  Limerick has received the highest allocation from Sport Ireland which is in recognition of the excellent partnerships that exist with local agencies coupled with the excellent reputation of LSP Staff, tutors and facilitators.”

A total of €6,074,333 will be allocated to support the core work of the 29 LSPs, including the delivery of National Programmes, Education & Training initiatives, Strategic Development, Community Sports Development Officers, the Sports Inclusion Disability programme, Women in Sport Programmes and general participation programmes

Nationally throughout 2017, 339,615 people participated in 936 participation programmes delivered locally by LSPs, with 18,000 participants taking part in the Operation Transformation 5k Fun Runs and Walks and 13,063 cyclists taking part in the Sport Ireland Cycle Series.

2017 also saw 13,274 female participants taking part in 71 local Women in Sport programmes. This year €115,000 will be specifically invested in LSPs through the Women in Sport Programme, which aims to raise the overall physical activity levels among women.